Summary: While peter is on walkabout, TiT Radio returns for a very short engagementSeries: Tit RadioSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1842 Longtime listeners of Hacker Public Radio will remember 'TiT Radio', a semi-weekly FOSS "news" and commentary show that appeared on HPR, recorded by the cast of "Linux Cranks" on the off schedule weeks. "Linux Cranks" eventually morphed into the "Kernel Panic Oggcast". While Peter is on walkabout, the...
Summary: LibreOffice Clip Art Gallery and Theme collectionsSeries: LibreOfficeSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1845 In the last tutorial we looked at pictures and how they can be used in Impress. But I left out one area because the tutorial was already running a bit long, and I wanted to give the Gallery and Themes the full attention they deserve. I think this is something a lot of people have missed when working with Impress, at least I have not seen these elements includes much... Topics: LibreOffice, Impress, Presentations, Clip Art, Gallery, Themes
Summary: A few useful Bash features that may not be well knownSeries: Bash ScriptingSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1843Today I want to talk about three Bash commands: pushd popd dirs These let you change directory on a Linux system (and others which support Bash) but keep a record of where you have been in a stack structure. The stack can be viewed and manipulated with these commands as well. I have written out a moderately long set of notes about these commands and these are... Topics: Bash, pushd, popd, dirs
Summary: From punch cards to ManjaroSeries: How I Found LinuxSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1841 I let espeak describe my way through the world of bits and bytes from the punch cards of our Partnerbrigade to my Manjaro-laptop of today.
Summary: I talk about the recording device I inherited from my mother-in-law and use it to record the showSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1844The Marantz PMD 660 Professional Solid State RecorderI inherited a really nice audio recorder and microphone from my mother-in-law recently and in this episode I talk all about it and use the new device to record the show. Links Review of this device: http://www.fotografics.org/marantz-pmd660.html Audio Technica ATM710 cardioid condenser... Topics: Digital recorders, audio gear, microphones, podcasting
Summary: An overview of a terrible, hacky method of waking up.Series: Bash ScriptingSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1838This is a quick summary of my alarm clock system, written in bash and highly unreliable. Hardware My preferred hardware platform is a Dell Mini 9. Software My alarm clock is an embarrassing combination of bash scripts and Audacious, my favorite media player. Any media player will do, as long as it's scriptable. How It Works There are currently two bash... Topics: bash, scripting, terrible
Summary: I talk about my pickup truck and doing some repairs and stuffSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1839My "New" Used Pickup Truck After 16 years my wife and I decided to become a 2-vehicle family, and as a result I got myself a 2004 Ford Ranger. In this episode I talk about the process of finding and purchasing the truck, and then about some repairs I did and some other stuff related to it. Topics: DIY, automobiles
Summary: What to check, read, and update if you want to upgrade your Linux PC with an Solid State Disk. Series: How I upgraded my equipmentSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1837 Some commands I mentioned that you should check out: Check SSD disk specs: sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdb Check for TRIM support: sudo fstrim -v / Perform TRIM support sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdb | grep -i TRIMDetailed SSD Info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive#Linux_systems... Topics: SSD, Linux, BIOS, Update
Summary: Theru and NYbill talk about moving a Statusnet instance and converting it to GNU-SocialSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1836 Theru and NYbill talk about moving a Statusnet instance to a new server. Also, upgrading an existing Statusnet instance to GNU-social. Theru's blog post: http://blog.theru.org/how-i-move-my-status-net-server-and-upgrade-it-to-gnu-social/ Windigo's blog post on running SN/GS with nginx: http://fragdev.com/blog/gnusocial-on-nginx-with-php-fpm
Summary: Using the text filter option in the kate text editor.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1840 Kate is an excellent text editor. The "Text Filter" - enables easy text filtering, which by pressing Alt + Backslash pops up a screen that allows you to enter commands. Settings > Configure Kate > Plugins > Text Filter Kate (short for KDE Advanced Text Editor) is a text editor developed by KDE. It has been a part of KDE Software Compilation since version 2.2,... Topics: kate, plugins, Text Filter
Summary: is there room for background music in podcasts for speed listeners?Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1831 This is A Shadowy Figure speaking to you from southwest Florida on Hacker Public Radio, Brought to you by And Honest Host Dot Com where you can Get a 15% discount on all shared hosting with the offer code HPR15 thats H P R one five. Better webhosting that honest and fair at An Honest Host Dot Com. Not only do I mention An Honest Host Dot Com out of commitment, but... Topic: Speed Listening
Summary: How I use Markdown and Pandoc in my writing workflowSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1832 My Document Creation workflow using Markdown and Pandoc b-yeezi Show Notes I write almost exclusively in Markdown http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown when writing documents and taking notes. I use the program, Pandoc http://www.pandoc.org to convert markdown to different formats, including odt, docx, and pdf. The original purpose of Markdown: 1 > Markdown is a... Topics: markdown, writing, word processor
Summary: Using and formatting pictures, and creating a photo albumSeries: LibreOfficeSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1835 As we pointed out previously, Impress is inherently a graphical, and even multimedia, way of communicating. In fact, we saw in the previous tutorials that Impress and Draw share a common set of Styles that apply to both programs, and I have often seen in documentation that Impress and Draw are often mentioned in the same breath, so to speak. So it is... Topics: LibreOffice, Impress, Presentations, Pictures, Photo Album
Summary: How to hide a password using a password cardSeries: Privacy and SecuritySource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1834How to Hide a Password Using a Password Card It's okay to write your password down and keep it in your wallet, but it's best to try to hide it as well. Here's how to keep your password secure and handy at the same time by embedding it in a password card. Method 1 Generate a fancy symbol-and-color-coded password card at passwordcard.org:... Topics: Privacy, security, passwords
Summary: I talk about my latest gadget, a used Kindle DXSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1829I talk about my latest gadget, a used Kindle DX, which is a discontinued model with a 9.7 inch epaper screen. I talk about its features, limitations, how to navigate it, and I demonstrate its text-to-speech capabilities. Incidentally I really low-balled the original price of the Kindle DX. Looking around a little bit, I find that the original retail price was $479, which was then reduced... Topics: ebooks, ereaders, kindle, gadgets, reviews
Summary: A quick look at the Dutch short term car sharing serviceSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1830 No longer owning a car of our own, we use the car-sharing service GreenWheels, which for a subscription of €5 per month, we are allowed to rent any of the hundreds of cars confidentiality parked all around the Netherlands. How it works Subscribe Once you subscribe you get mailed a credit card sized RFID card and a PIN code. Booking Go to the website and enter in your... Topics: How Holland Works, GreenWheels, Environment, integrated transport, car sharing
Summary: HPR Community News for July 2015Series: HPR Community NewsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1826New hosts There were no new hosts this month. Last Month's Shows Id Day Date Title Host 1803 Wed 2015-07-01 What's In My Bag? Matt McGraw (g33kdad) 1804 Thu 2015-07-02 What's in my Bicycle Repair Tool Box Jon Kulp 1805 Fri 2015-07-03 56 - LibreOffice Impress - Styles and Objects 1 - Presentation Styles Ahuka 1806 Mon 2015-07-06 HPR Community News for June 2015 HPR Volunteers... Topic: Community News
Summary: NYbill modifies his multimeter to add features he feels are lacking.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1828 NYbill talks about modifying his UNI-T UT61E multimeter to add two features he finds lacking. In part one an LED back light gets installed for the LCD screen. Part two will cover the second mod, a auto-time out feature to save the units battery. Links The UNI-T UT61E: http://tinyurl.com/ofz8hrk Pictures for the episode:...
Summary: I've been making my own bread for nearly 40 years, and I thought I'd share my methodsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1827Ken Fallon was asking for bread-making advice on a recent Community News recording. I've been making my own bread since the 1970's and I thought I'd share my methods in response. Frank Bell also did an excellent bread-making episode in 2013. I have prepared a long description of my bread-making process, with photographs and a recipe, and this is all... Topics: bread, yeast, baking, loaves, dough, gluten
Summary: I discuss how I use Python and some of the cool modules and libraries that I've foundSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1824I'm Learning Some Python Lately I'm finally getting around to learning some Python. I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm learning it properly—that's not really my way—I'm kind of poking around in the dark learning things on an "as-needed" basis, but I'm finding that it's incredibly powerful and making me much more efficient in my daily... Topics: python, scripting, programming
Summary: Creating a sample template illustrates these conceptsSeries: LibreOfficeSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1825 The idea in this tutorial is to tie together some of the concepts developed in the previous tutorials to create a Master Page, or Template, or Slide Master. (They all mean the same thing, but within Impress they are shown on the Sidebar as Master Pages, so I will stick with that terminology here.) I say we will use some of these concepts because trying to put... Topics: LibreOffice, Impress, Presentations, Template
Summary: ImageMagick is an amazing toolkit for manipulating images. Here's how I use itSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1822Some tips on using ImageMagick I like to use images in HPR shows if I can. I have experimented with various ways of preparing them since I first started contributing, but I'm particularly impressed with what I am able to do using ImageMagick. The ImageMagick system contains an enormous range of capabilities, enough for a whole series of shows. I thought I... Topics: images, ImageMagick, scripting, Krita
Summary: Frank describes how to make perfect Hollandaise Sauce every time.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1821 Frank describes James Beard's simple and almost infallible recipe for making Hollandaise sauce with a blender. The recipe from the _Theory_and_Practice_of_Good_Cooking_, used copies of which can be readily found via a web search. According to Amazon.doc, new copies are also available. Frank's copy is a first edition dating from 1977, though it's been used too much to...
Summary: Interview: Ryan Sipes, Organizer, Administrator, Coder, Innovator, RaconteurSeries: InterviewsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1823 Ryan Sipes: KLF Organizer; Systems Administrator, Northeast Kansas Library System; Organizer of Lawrence (KS) Linux User Group; with Ikey Doherty, Ryan is a developer for Solus (formerly Evolve OS); a contributor to Vulcan text editor, written in Vala (Ryan's KLF talk, "How to Write a GTK/Gnome Application", was pretty much a...
Summary: NYbill talks about the process he goes through while starting an electronics project.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1817 The web site that started this all: http://www.gilmourish.com/ Big Muff Pi: http://www.bigmuffpage.com/Big_Muff_Pi_versions_schematics_part1.html Parts Distributors: http://www.digikey.com/ http://www.mouser.com/ Hammond Box: http://tinyurl.com/oqb55my Joe Knows: http://tinyurl.com/nmsb2v9 Picture of the gathered parts: ...
Summary: A workaround to create horizontal ordered lists in LibreOffice and run LO headless to convert filesSeries: LibreOfficeSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1819LibreOffice Tips: Horizontal Lists One of these things is how to create horizontal lists in LibreOffice. This is something that I wanted to do, I think it was maybe a year ago that I was really trying to find out how to do this. What I mean by that is I wanted to be able to do in LibreOffice the equivalent of an...
Summary: Interview Alex Juarez Rackspace Principal EnginneerSeries: InterviewsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1820 From the LAMP Stack break-fix competition, to the breakfast buffet they funded on Sunday, the Rackspace crew presented their organization as the managed hosting company that puts the customer first, by making sure no customer has to wait in a long queue before taking to a human, and to staying on the line as long as it takes to make sure all problems are solved and...
Summary: HPR has a digital recorder. You are welcome to use it for interviews at your next tech event.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1818 The Hacker Public Radio network owns a Zoom H1 digital voice recorder. If you are going to attend an open source event and think you would like to record interviews for Hacker Public Radio, make inquires to the mailing list and the correspondent with the recorder in their possession (currently FiftyOneFifty) will send it to you. This episode...
Summary: Using GraphViz to visualise the tags on HPR episodesSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1816As you know, HPR asks for tags to be added to the episodes we contribute. These are intended to be used to produce some kind of improved topic search at some point in the future. I find it difficult to decide what tags to add to my shows, and I expect many people feel the same way about it. Should I use common tags like Linux or does that not differentiate it enough? How many tags... Topics: Perl, GraphViz, tags, SVG
Summary: Part 2 of my personal story of experiences with computersSeries: How I Found LinuxSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1811Introduction In the last part I told you of my first encounter with a mainframe computer and the Algol60 language while an undergraduate student at Aberystwyth University. Today I want to talk about the next stage as a postgraduate student at the University of Manchester. It seems to have taken me over 6 months to prepare this episode of this series, for... Topics: computer, programming, punched card, paper tape, teletype, graph plotter, Seymour Cray, CDC,...
Summary: Windigo introduces several applications he found by wandering around the debian repositories.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1813 "Apt spelunking" is a silly term I made up for the act of searching through the Debian package repositories with vague terms, and trying out random applications therein. Today, we will be covering three packages: surf, lightyears, fbterm surf Surf is a lightweight, graphical browser. It uses the webkit rendering engine, and is a... Topics: games, debian, terminal, browser
Summary: I talk about my various headphones as I walk to my office.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1812In this episode I use a http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DJOIHE $2 microphone to record as I walk from home to my office. The topic is the 5 pairs of headphones I have and their various features, qualities, drawbacks, etc. Headphones Mentioned in Podcast Neewer 3.5mm Hands Free Computer Clip on Mini Lapel Microphone Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Sennheiser HD 550A Aftershokz Sportz... Topics: headphones, microphones, audio
Summary: Drawing Object Styles and their use in LibreOffice ImpressSeries: LibreOfficeSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1815 In the previous tutorial we looked at Presentation Styles, and I started with them because they were mostly similar to what we already covered in Writer when we looked at Paragraph styles. But Impress is a graphical product, so we need to wrap our heads around a different set of issues here. and that brings us to Drawing Object Styles. For more go to... Topics: LibreOffice, Impress, Presentations, Styles
Summary: I describe how to add custom context menu items in the Nautilus and Thunar file managers.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1814On Nautilus On Nautilus you have to put your scripts into the Nautilus scripts folder, which on my system is located here: ~/.local/share/nautilus/scriptsYou can either put copies of the scripts in there, or you can do like I did and make symlinks from the Nautilus scripts folder to your /home/bin folder. (I prefer to make symlinks instead of... Topics: Scripting, File Managers, Desktop Customization, GNU/Linux
Summary: I talk about why used stuff is often better than new stuff, with my new used Kindle Touch as exampleSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1809In this show I talk about why I like to buy stuff used whenever possible, whether it be printers, routers, shirts, books, or my latest acquisition, a used Kindle Touch, which in many ways is much better than my (much newer) Kindle paperwhite. Just for fun, I allow the Kindle Touch itself (using its built-in text-to-speech capabilities)... Topics: Kindle, eBook Readers, Used Stuff, Recycling, Thrifting
Summary: For his birthday David Whitman recites the Robert W Service ballad, Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1808 from The Project Gutenberg EBook of Songs of a Sourdough, by Robert Service This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org The orginal work published 1907. Copyright... Topics: Poetry, Birtday, Yukon
Summary: LastPass was hacked, but how bad is it?Series: Privacy and SecuritySource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1810 On June 15, LastPass disclosed that it had been hacked, and I think by now just about everyone has heard about it. I know I received questions because I have recommended LastPass often, and my advice has been to stay with them. What I want to do now is explain exactly why this was not quite the big deal it was made out to be in some quarters, and that anyone telling... Topics: LastPass, password vault
Summary: A tour of how to setup a base Arch Linux environment.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1807Checking the network Partitioning Making the filesystems Mounting the filesystems Installing the base packages Generate the fstab Chroot and Configuration Boot Loading Complete show notes: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1807.html Topics: Arch Linux, dev, environment
Summary: HPR Community News for June 2015Series: HPR Community NewsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1806New hosts Welcome to our new hosts: kurakura, GNULinuxRTM, cheeto4493. Last Month's Shows Id Day Date Title Host 1781 Mon 2015-06-01 HPR Community News for May 2015 HPR Volunteers 1782 Tue 2015-06-02 ChorusText - a Non-visual Text Editor Open Assistive Device Project kurakura 1783 Wed 2015-06-03 Windows To Linux - Better Late Than Never. GNULinuxRTM 1784 Thu 2015-06-04 Intro...
Summary: An Interview with Emily Hampton a LinuxFest Northwest VolunteerSeries: InterviewsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1802Emily Hampton Google Plus page admin for LFNW https://plus.google.com/u/0/111293764782511971489 Find out more about LinuxFest Northwest at http://linuxfestnorthwest.org 5 years attending LinuxFest NorthWest 3 Years as a Volunteer Topics: LinuxFest Northwest, Volunteers
Summary: Presentation Styles and their use in LibreOffice ImpressSeries: LibreOfficeSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1805 We have previously looked at Styles for Writer, and for Calc, and now it is time to look at them for Impress. You may recall from both Writer and Calc that we saw it is important to know that Styles live inside of Templates. So any time you change a Style you needed to make sure it was saved inside of a Template, and if you wanted it to be generally available... Topics: LibreOffice, Impress, Presentations, Styles
Summary: Lowering the quality of shows, Ken provides a lifehack tip.Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1801AMAZING LIFE HACK Tie a knot in your left ear bud lead, and you can feel which is which without looking.
Summary: The geek dad describes his daily carry gear and bagSeries: Whats in My Toolkit Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1803 The blog on Knightwise.com which inspired/sourced this episode: http://knightwise.com/whats-in-your-bag-week-day-3-matt-mcgraw/ The photo of my gear: https://cloud.thestrangeland.net/index.php/s/meDq3hozvgkay2W Topics: gear, daily carry, what's in my bag
Summary: I describe what's in my bike repair tool box and what the tools do.Series: Whats in My Toolkit Source: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1804Tools Mentioned Unless otherwise stated, all are made by Park Bicycle Tools: http://www.parktool.com/ SPA-1: Pin Spanner: Green SPA-6: Adjustable Pin Spanner SW-7: Triple Spoke Wrench XLC bike tools crank tool TO-C02 (Crankarm removal tool): http://www.amazon.com/XLC-bike-tools-crank-tool/dp/B000NU2WAS/ SCW-13, SCW-15: 13mm, 15mm Shop Cone... Topics: bicycles, bicycle repair, DIY, tools
Summary: Aaron Wolf of the Snowdrift Co-op project is interviewed by David WhitmanSeries: InterviewsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1797 An Interview with Aaron Wolf of the Snowdrift Co-op project by David Whitman during LinuxFest Northwest 2015 Aaron Wolf http://blog.wolftune.com/ Snowdrift: https://snowdrift.coop About: We're building a sustainable funding platform for freely-licensed works. Our innovative matching pledge creates a network effect where we all work together... Topic: Free Software Support
Summary: Interview with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ertel at the 2014 MakerWorld in GermanySeries: InterviewsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1798 Link to the videos of the crawling robots: http://iki.hs-weingarten.de/?lang=eng&page=p_crawler Link to the general Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences page, where you can also find videos of the service robots "Kate" and "Marvin": http://iki.hs-weingarten.de/?lang=eng&page=aktuelles Topics: machine learning, robots, maker
Summary: How to subscribe to and watch YouTube Video series, with suggestionsSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1800 Although my wife and I have a Cable TV subscription, I have maintained I could give it up easily because so much of what I am interested in is online anyway. For many people that might mean Netflix or Hulu, but for me it means YouTube. This is the golden age of narrow-casting, as opposed to broadcasting, because YouTube gives so many creators the opportunity to find... Topics: YouTube, online video, subscriptions, Patreon
Summary: Some more Tips and Tricks when using AudacitySeries: Podcasting HowToSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1796 I expand some on Jon Kulp's show on using Labels in Audacity. Specifically, I comment on importing a Label track from a Tab separated text file. I go on to talk about using Notch filters, a Nyquist-effect plugin for Audacity. Notch filters work extremely well on certain frequency centered noise like mains hum. I follow up by talking about chains. A way of doing... Topics: Audacity, Recording, Editing
Summary: I explain how to post content from the command line on open social networks pump.io and GNU SocialSource: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1799Posting From the Command Line on Open Social Networks You can post to your open social media timelines from the command line using API access. Why would you want to do this? Script automated postings. Bots Post from terminal environments. Post from wherever else you are without having to go to the social media site or to the client that... Topics: scripting, command-line, social media, GNU Social, pump.io